Hugh Tracey Chromatic Treble


Hugh Tracey Treble Box Chromatic Kalimba w Pickup, in C, 17 notes each side. We expect more of these from Africa around May 2021.

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This product has been out of stock for several months, but we expect them in stock near the end of June 2021. You can contact us to express your interest in these, and we will let you know when we have a firm idea of when they will be in stock.

This is an option for playing complex, chromatic music with medium or smaller hands.

Hugh Tracey Treble Box Chromatic Kalimba w Pickup, in C, 17 notes each side.

This kalimba is painted and organized like the Bb Treble or the Alto kalimba on the front, but in the key of C. It can read Alto tablature, and has 2 octaves plus 2 more notes on top, or 17 notes ranging from C 4 (middle C) to E6. On the back is a “left handed” kalimba of 17 notes in the key of B. This means that there are B’s and F’s on both the front and back.

Who should get this kalimba? Only people who really know what they are getting themselves into! Like the Chromatic Alto, this is a challenging instrument. However, given that the tines are smaller and there are more on the front (17 instead of the Alto’s 15), and given that there are no gaps on the back because it has all the notes in the key of B (the gaps in the Alto chromatic design help you to keep your place on the back side where your fingers play the notes, where your eyes cannot see), this is the most challenging kalimba we sell.

On the other hand, there are people (such as myself since 2007) who favor the Treble, and if you are up for this instrument, YOU are the reason why I custom-ordered these from AMI… and to get one for myself!

So, while it is a bit over the top to say “Abandon hope all who get this kalimba”, I will say “Proceed with caution.”

Listen to this sound clip:

Chromatic Treble

Some people who get this kalimba opt for the redundant notes on the back (B and E) to be removed.  Why?  The gaps on the back (just like the gaps in the black notes on the piano) act as guide posts, helping you find your way.  Removing the redundant tines on the back costs an extra $10.

Learn more about the Treble Chromatic Kalimba.

Additional information

Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 8 × 1.9 in
Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway has been playing kalimba for over 30 years. He invented his kalimba tablature in 2004, and has been writing books and instructional materials for kalimba ever since. His business, Kalimba Magic, is based on the simple proposition that the kalimba is a real musical instrument capable of greatness. See answered questions.